The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds lawmakers for passing HB 1231 ?a bill that modernizes Florida? antiquated telecommunications laws and removes barriers to new jobs and economic development. Modernizing Florida? telecommunications laws is a legislative priority outlined in the Florida Chamber? 2011 Business Agenda.
?ew technology has fundamentally changed how people communicate, yet Florida still has a rotary dial law in an iPhone world,?said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. ?y modernizing Florida? antiquated telecom regulation with the passage of HB 1231, Florida can align itself as a premier place to live, work and grow a business, rather than watch those investments take root in states that have already updated their telecommunications laws.?
As consumers and businesses have moved on to wireless and broadband technologies, other states have updated their telecommunications laws to reflect this new world, and to pave the way for more job creation and economic growth. Updating Florida? laws reflects the reality that fewer consumers and businesses are using traditional landlines.
HB 1231, sponsored by Rep. Mike Horner (R-Kissimmee,) not only modernizes Florida? telecom laws, it:
?Empowers consumers by allowing all service providers to compete, and
?Provides a more competitive telecom marketplace.
?f Florida is to compete in a global economy and take full advantage of technological advances ?especially those that open up the market and provide a level playing field while providing the wider availability of broadband and other telecommunications services ?it must do what all smart businesses do: it must adapt,?said Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO of The James Madison Institute.
The Florida Chamber commends Rep. Horner and Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs) for sponsoring this legislation.